The Town of Huntsville has received a Marketing Canada Award for its Diggin’ Downtown project.
The “recovery project” award from the Economic Developers Association of Canada recognizes communities for their economic development marketing efforts.
Tarmo Uukkivi, the town’s Director of Operations and Protective Services, credits staff for keeping residents informed as the project progressed.
“All of the accolades really need to go to everyone on the team, but especially our marketing and communications teams in both the Town of Huntsville and the District of Muskoka,” says Uukkivi. “Lauren MacDermid [and] Lisa Spolnik from the Town of Huntsville, and Manager of Communications at the district Quinn Mitchell have been instrumental.”
Uukkivi also thanked Huntsville engineering technician Brandon Hall, Muskoka’s Capital Infrastructure Delivery Manager Mark Trebinskie, and District Director of Engineering and Transportation Mark Misko for “being at the table every week” to keep things on deadline.
The project started in March last year and wrapped this July, replacing underground sewer and water infrastructure under Main St. one stage at a time. Sidewalks, landscaping, and other features downtown also got an overhaul.
“It’s just wonderful to be acknowledged and recognized, and we do recognize that this had a significant impact on the town,” says Uukkivi. “Through it all, we thank everybody for their patience as we make Huntsville everything that it can be.”